Maestro Bio

Atlanta has been a hip-hop hotspot for years, so it takes a lot to stand out amongst the competition. But through classical musical training, relentless discipline and shrewd networking skills, producer Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks has built a career highlighted by several RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications, Billboard chart-toppers, and Grammy Awards—along with the chops to help others achieve their own musical goals.

Born in Windsor, Conn. to Jamaican parents, Maestro took private piano lessons as a child before spending much of his teenage years playing with Windsor High School’s music department. “I think that being classically trained enhances my music by allowing me access to a larger musical pallet,” Maestro admits. “But if you lack a good attitude and good contacts, all the classical training in the world can’t help you.”

With his newly-honed studio engineering skills in tow, he left for Morehouse College, where he collaborated with other artists while earning a marketing degree and cum laude honors. He multitasked after graduation, landing placements with the likes of 3LW and gospel great Bishop Paul Morton while teaching math and music to high school students in Atlanta. He would eventually meet critically-acclaimed rapper/producer David Banner through a mutual friend, and he quit teaching to pursue music full-time, traveling with Banner while working extensively on his Gold-selling album Certified.

Maestro began to shine as a solo producer after working with Banner: he produced the bulk of the RIAA Gold-certified Dem Franchize Boyz album On Top Of Our Game, and his backdrop for the lead single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” helped propel Ice Cube’s album Raw Footage atop Billboard charts in its first week. After producing “Kush” and “Prostitute Flange” for Lil Wayne’s The Leak EP, he served up “3Peat,” the opening track for Wayne’s seminal Tha Carter III. The latter earned Billboard’s “Hot Shot Debut” distinction—virtually unheard of for an album ‘intro’—and helped the album earn triple-platinum sales, a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, and a victory as the Grammy Rap Album of the Year.

Armed with a diverse musical background and a varied clientele, Maestro has developed a versatile array of sounds. “Kush” is a lighthearted, sample-heavy playground for Wayne to showcase his whimsical flow, while “Prostitute Flange” supplies a subdued soundbed for him to confess unconditional love for a significant other. “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” and “3Peat” are made grandiose from Maestro’s symphonic organs and momentous synthesizers, and his sinister combo of piercing violins and keyboard runs on “Sand Niggaz” create the flawlessly eerie backdrop for West Coast legend Kurupt’s rider music. Other clients include Bei Maejor, LEP Bogus Boys, Jim Jones and The Game, whose The R.E.D. Album (on which Maestro produced “Parademics”) debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 charts.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with artists that allow me to showcase different elements of my talent,” Maestro says, “and even more fortunate to have those projects do well commercially.”

He continues his interest in education by regularly speaking as a panelist at conferences and seminars for up-and-coming artists. After years of lending his words of wisdom to attendees of Red Bull Music Academy, the Business of the Music Business (B.O.M.B.) Conference and College Tour, and an assortment of other Atlanta music and business emporiums, he has completed Sounds and Success: a book that features interviews with a varied roster of award-winning producers to teach newbies about the ins and outs of the business in a digestible way.

“When I speak to aspiring musicians, it’s to show them that they can do the same thing and be successful,” Maestro insists.

He’s lead by example for years now, and Maestro isn’t slowing down.